Role of an Audio Director: Finding a Consistent Weekly Mix

In this role, I would be part music producer and help guide their mix until it was in the ballpark, while teaching and explaining the what and why behind it, as we went.

Role of an Audio Director: Finding a Consistent Weekly Mix
When having multiple people mixing from week to week, it can be challenging in determining how to get a similar, consistent mix, regardless of who is mixing. To do this, I first expect that everyone’s mix needs to be in the same ballpark.
Role of an Audio Director: Finding a Consistent Weekly Mix
When having multiple people mixing from week to week, it can be challenging in determining how to get a similar, consistent mix, regardless of who is mixing. To do this, I first expect that everyone’s mix needs to be in the same ballpark.

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Having once been on staff at Blue Ridge Community Church for five years, my primary role was that of an audio director, and thought to take a closer look at the role.

It is vitally important that you lead by example.

When first being proposed this topic a couple months ago, I jumped at the chance to share the things I learned.

The audio director role breaks down into two areas, with one being the physical and the other being the spiritual.

To be successful in this role, you cannot do one without the other.

If you only focus on the physical part of the job, and how things sound, along with getting things done, then you have missed the point of being on staff at a church.

Likewise, if you only concentrate on the spiritual side and do not work on the physical side of audio, then you are not honoring God in everything you do.

One of best things a pastor ever told me following my being hired on at a church as a technical director, is that if he saw me mixing every week, that meant I had failed in developing a team, and had failed at my job.

This really stuck with me.

That’s because before his comment, I had assumed that is what was expected of me.

Hearing those words opened my eyes to the fact that God brings all different kinds of people to his local church, to work as a local body, and that my role was to find those who wanted to serve God in this way and enable them to do so.

Church audio teams are usually made from a group of amateur engineers with different technical backgrounds and experience, expected to make everything sound like that crystal-clear audio heard at the big conference everyone just went to.

This is where the role of the audio director starts.

How so? By managing expectations and helping people get from point A (where they currently are) to point B (where they need to be). This is where it is extremely important to have a good relationship, with not only the worship pastor/director, but the musicians/vocalists that are serving onstage.

When that relationship grows to where these people are ones you care about, and they care about you, it makes working together awesome.


More About Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson has for the past eight years worked full-time as both a technical director, and currently an assistant technical director, for two different churches. In addition, he has been both a professional drummer and audio engineer for the past 21 years. Working with many different artists along the way as a drummer, he has performed everything from jazz, rock, country, pop music. During this time, he also worked for different production companies and recording studios and started his own production company when living in Kansas City.
Get in Touch: mike@puresoundconcertsystems.com    More by Mike Anderson

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The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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